Friday, January 19, 2018

Maria Ressa Rappler Pinadalhan Na Ng Subpoena At Pinapatawag Na Sa NBI!


Rappler, in the midst of shut down order by the government received subpoenas on its company's head and two others over violation of the cybercrime law.

In subpoenas dated Jan. 10, and released to the media on Thursday, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. and businessman Benjamin Bitanga were ordered to appear before the NBI's Cybercrime Division on Jan. 22 over a complaint filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

The NBI said Keng, president and CEO of Century Peak Metals Holdings Corporation, filed the complaints against the three for violating Republic Act 10175 or the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012."

Ressa told CNN Philippines on Thursday she has yet to receive a copy of the subpoena, but is not surprised by the NBI's order.

"It really solidifies that the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) decision of an attack to take Rappler down and an attack on press freedom," she said. "I'll read it through. I'll have to take the advice of my lawyers. Regardless of the harassment, we're going to continue doing our jobs."

In a Thursday report, Rappler said although Bitanga is an incorporator of Dolphin Fire, a shareholder in Rappler Holdings, Inc., he does not sit on the board of media unit Rappler, Inc.

"Either there's bad research or there's something else that they're following," Ressa said.

Santos named Keng in his report published on Rappler in May 2012.

The story stated Keng lent his black Chevrolet Suburban, with license plate ZWK-111, to then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Santos said Corona was seen using the vehicle during his impeachment trial at the Senate in 2012, as well as in "official and non-official functions" in 2011.

The Senate convicted Corona in 2012 after he was impeached for misdeclarations in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. He died in April 2016 due to a lingering illness.

A day after the subpoena was issued, the SEC issued an order that revoked the company's business registration. A copy of the order was released to the media on Monday.

The SEC order states Rappler engaged in fraud and circumvented the constitutional ban on foreign ownership in media by accepting over $1 million (around P50 million) from a foreign investor, Omidyar Network, in the form of Philippine Depositary Receipts or PDRs.

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